Archive | May, 2011

Mike Day 97: D-Day

May 26, 2011

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At last it’s here…after 96 long days of hospitalization I get to bring Mike home!  I grocery shopped last night and brought home all ilk of fruit, juices, veggies and good for you stuff to eat.  I have the prescriptions in hand to drop off on the way to the hospital.  Nursing gave me my discharge […]

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Mike Day 96: D-Day Minus 1

May 25, 2011

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Tomorrow is the big day!  I can hardly wait.  It’s been a huge week getting ready, and I still have grocery shopping to do…but we are almost home “free”.  Free is an odd way to put it.  We are definitely not “free”.  The cost of a serious medical illness such as Mike’s is pretty staggering.  […]

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Pennsylvania Electric Choice: What A Broken Mess It Is!

May 24, 2011

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I am unable to believe the legislature in Pennsylvania couldn’t foresee that deregulation of the electric companies would create a huge mess…even worse than the AT&T divestiture debacle in the 80’s where nobody benefitted for a very long time, if ever.   It astonishes me that the PUC cannot wrap their arms around the fact that […]

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Mike: Quips and Giggles

May 23, 2011

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Mike has always been a funny guy and had a great sense of humor.  One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever gotten from Mike was the ability to laugh and to have a sense of humor.  His sense of humor has not left him…and when it shows itself I often wonder how much CNS damage […]

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Mike Day 92: Getting Ready For Homecoming

May 22, 2011

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Yesterday we began readying the house for Mike’s return home.  The kids, Deb, and I got together very early and descended on the bedroom.  With only 5 days to go, the countdown has begun and we need to get cracking! To say Mike has “stuff” squirreled everywhere would be an understatement.  A collector of all […]

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Day 91 Mike: ShortTimers

May 20, 2011

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It’s looking good for the 26th and D-Day (in this case, Discharge Day).  I’m a little scared the bedsore might throw a monkey wrench in…it suddenly started to have yukky drainage again.  I’ve insisted the wound care nurse evaluate it again today and I’m hoping that they can turn whatever has flared up around very quickly.  […]

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Mike Day 89: (Almost) Out Of Exile

May 18, 2011

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At last the exile that resulted from our very indulgent and unhealthy eating habits…which is all Mike’s heart attack is attributable to…is almost over.   As discharge became a sooner rather than later reality bearing down on us, I began to feel kind of unsettled about some open items relative to Mike’s daily existence that I […]

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Day 84: Such A Great Day After All!

May 13, 2011

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This morning, first thing, we visited the office of Pulmonary Associates…the critical care docs who cared for Mike for 2 months and brought him through so much illness it can’t be believed.  Dr. Jeff Marsh saw him…I had rather hoped it would be he and expressed same to nurse practitioner at Good Shepherd before she made the […]

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Mike Day 84: He’s Fine. My Last Nerve Is Shot.

May 13, 2011

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It looks like there is not much more time left with Mike spent in exile in one form of hospital or another.  The last week of May is right around the corner…worst case scenario, first week of June…and Mike should be coming home.  This, of course, depends on whether or not the medical people are giving […]

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Mike Day 82: Marching (In Place)

May 11, 2011

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Yesterday I arrived at the rehab expecting to see (a) the feeding tube gone (b) a wound vac on Mike’s bedsore to heal it in (optimally) 2 months and (c) an appointment made at an ENT to evaluate the condition of Mike’s vocal cords so we would know if we could pull the trach or not.  You see, […]

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Mike Day 81: Success

May 10, 2011

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Yesterday proved to be a success on many fronts. I arrived at the hospital and the first stop was in the office of the care manager.. she is appropriately titled. And wonderful. She assured me that my schedule ideas could be readily implemented. On the subject of trach removal she wanted respiratory involved. Off we […]

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Mike Day 80: Planning and Waiting

May 9, 2011

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Last Tuesday or Wednesday Mike’s care manager told me they are still looking at 3-4 weeks of inpatient therapy for him.  Some quick mental math tells me that this illness will have had him hospitalized for somewhere around 100 days.  The three weeks seems so close…and still so far away.  The reality of bringing Mike […]

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Blog Under (Re)Construction!

May 7, 2011

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Please pardon our appearance while I undertake some redecorating.  I like the fresher look…and I’ll keep posting, but you might see changes to the landscape from time to time.

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Mike Day 74: Blessings Abound

May 3, 2011

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So the oximetry sleep study for last night did not happen.  Mike was in no way tired, and in no way sleeping.  Well 5-6 am but that is all.  He was a little twitchy/rammy too.  I think overstimulated and not terribly tired because he powernapped in the afternoon, all thought of sleep went out the window.  So […]

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Mike Day 73: Catching Up

May 2, 2011

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Phew!  It’s been a bit since I’ve posted.  This isn’t because Mike is not doing well…on the contrary, he is improving and improving quickly!  I’ve been spending a lot of time at the rehab hospital and they don’t have a nearby hotspot…so no web access for my laptop and when I get home I am beat. […]

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